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tearing /ˈtɛərɪŋ/ adj
  1. violent or furious (esp in the phrase tearing hurry or rush)

tear /tɪə/ n
  1. a drop of the secretion of the lacrimal glands
    See tears
  2. something shaped like a hanging drop: a tear of amber

Also called (esp Brit): teardrop Etymology: Old English tēar, related to Old Frisian, Old Norse tār, Old High German zahar, Greek dakri

ˈtearless adj
tear /tɛə/ vb (tears, tearing, tore, torn)
  1. to cause (material, paper, etc) to come apart or (of material, etc) to come apart; rip
  2. (transitive) to make (a hole or split) in (something)
  3. (intransitive) often followed by along: to hurry or rush
  4. (tr; usually followed by away or from) to remove or take by force
  5. when intr, often followed by at: to cause pain, distress, or anguish (to)
  6. tear one's hairinformal to be angry, frustrated, very worried, etc
  1. a hole, cut, or split
  2. the act of tearing

See also tear away, tear downEtymology: Old English teran; related to Old Saxon terian, Gothic gatairan to destroy, Old High German zeran to destroy

ˈtearable adj ˈtearer n

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